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12:35 PM ET, September 16, 2010

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Alex Payne / Online Writing:
The Very Last Thing I'll Write About Twitter  —  I have an odd mental relationship with my former employer.  Clearly, I wouldn't have worked there for three and a half years if I didn't care about the product and the community.  But then, I wouldn't have left if I really wanted to see that commitment through.
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Developer Release  —  Today we are releasing the source code for Diaspora.  This is now a community project and development is open to anyone with the technical expertise who shares the vision of a social network that puts users in control.  From now on we will be working closely …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The real Facebook burglaries story  —  I did a little reporting to get the real story behind the reports of a Facebook burglary spree that supposedly used the service — right after its launch of Places — to find victims who were away on vacation.  I emailed Nashua, NH detective Dan Archambault …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Android vs. iPhone: Wait just a minute!  —  Sure Google is gaining on Apple, but not as fast as comScore's latest data suggest  —  I don't want to get into what Ben Bradley, the Watergate-era editor of the Washington Post, used to call a “defensive crouch,” but I've got a bone to pick …
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Apple Continued To Lose U.S. Marketshare Despite Spike From iPhone 4 Sales  —  Apple's iPhone 4 did not give the company the bump in sales it needed to put Android's momentum in check.  Instead, Apple's smartphone marketshare in the U.S. dropped by 1.3 percent in the three months ended in July …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Microsoft: IE9 will never run on Windows XP  —  Chrome and Firefox always an option  —  Microsoft has ruled out putting Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP, leaving millions of PCs open to Mozilla and Google browsers providing hardware-accelerated rich-internet.
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Dean Hachamovitch / IEBlog:
Putting sites at the center of the browsing experience, using …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
‘Halo: Reach’: $200M in 24 hours, biggest game in Microsoft history  —  “Halo: Reach,” the new installment in the blockbuster Xbox 360 series, topped $200 million in sales in the U.S. and Europe in its first 24 hours, according to data released by Microsoft tonight.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Justin.tv's Newest App Now Broadcasts Live Video From Your iPhone  —  Time spent watching live video is up 650 percent in the U.S. over the past year, thanks to the proliferation of a number of live video publishers including Justin.tv, Ustream, Qik and Livestream.
Matt Gross / New York Times:
A Baby Photo Becomes an Internet Meme  —  SOMETIME back in 2000, Allen S. Rout, a systems programmer from Gainesville, Fla., posted a few photos of his 5-month-old son, Stephen, on his personal Web site.  They were the kind of photos that every parent takes, but one in particular stood out …
Seth Weintraub / Fortune:
Schmidt: We'll pull Facebook's data by hook or by crook  —  Google wants the data in Facebook and CEO Eric Schmidt isn't afraid to say that they'll find a way to get it.  Facebook isn't just winning the battle for web users' time (comScore says Facebook passed Google this month), they are also pulling some of Google's star engineers.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
iOS 4.2 turns iPad's screen lock into volume switch  —  Among the tweaks found in the iOS 4.2 software for the iPad, which became available to developers on Wednesday, is a return of the volume silencer switch.  —  Not the hardware, mind you, which remains the same.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iOS 4.2 on iPad preview (video) (updated)
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Motorola Acquires Location-Based Mobile Software Startup Aloqa  —  Motorola this morning announced that it has bought Aloqa, a privately-held startup that develops location-based software and technologies designed to enable the discovery of relevant web content by mobile smartphone users.
Richard Tom / Hulu Blog:
Hello Seattle  —  Perhaps when you think of Seattle your taste buds prepare themselves for a freshly brewed espresso or a not-so-simple soy-decaf-single-shot-one-pump- vanilla-iced-latte.  Or perhaps Seattle conjures images of the halls of Seattle Grace Hospital, where lives are saved and relationships flatline.
Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Look YouTube, No Hands!  Looxcie Introduces Wearable Camcorder  —  Just when you thought our digital culture was bumping against the limits of oversharing, Looxcie steps in with a device that makes it even easier for oversharers to document every mundane moment of their lives.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Finding the Best Way to Read Books on an iPad  —  Though it's just five months old, Apple's iPad is a certifiable hit, having already sold millions of units and spawning tens of thousands of apps tailored for its 10-inch screen.  The tablet has prompted many of its owners to use it instead …
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Nokia Is the McDonald's of Phones  —  Didn't you notice?  It was just Nokia World!  But with sales plummeting and executives fleeing—both at alarming rates—maybe it should be a reckoning instead.  —  Let's not confuse things: Nokia still sells more phones than anybody on the planet.
Discussion: Geek.com, Engadget and French Tribune, Thanks:atul
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Sony Taps MySpace to Market Facebook Movie  —  We Know ‘The Social Network’ Isn't Helping Facebook.  But MySpace Is Another Story  —  When you've established yourself as the social network for music and movies, that means serving up all the latest entertainment content — even if it plugs a competitor.
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
HTC HD7 resurfaces on a T-Mobile accessories list, could be with us by November 1  —  Aha!  The phone you heard about here first has made its second document-based appearance, this time crossing the Atlantic and showing up on a T-Mobile inventory sheet.  We can apparently look forward …
Juro Osawa / Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Bullish on Kinect  —  TOKYO—Microsoft Corp. is targeting global sales of more than three million units of its new Kinect motion-sensor gaming accessory for its Xbox 360 console in the first two months after the Nov. 4 launch in the U.S., providing a much needed holiday sales boost …
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Look Out Dropbox, Here Comes Verizon's Mobile Cloud  —  V CAST Media Manager, a Verizon Wireless (z vz) subscription service to offload media and documents from mobile phones on to Verizon's servers, is available for Android and BlackBerry smartphones.  The service initially launched last year …
Paul Marks / Gizmodo:
Nokia Developing 3D Rival to Google's Street View  —  Nokia and its mapping division Navteq are developing a rival to Street View, one that offers full three-dimensional computer models of villages, towns and cities, and could one day allow those urban centers to form the backdrop to realistic games.
Discussion: Go Rumors
Eric Lempel / PlayStation Blog:
Blu-ray 3D Disc Playback Support Coming to PlayStation 3 System Next Week  —  Hi everyone, I wanted to share some news out of Tokyo Game Show.  We've announced that the PS3 system will be able to play back 3D content on Blu-ray 3D discs with the next system software update (v.3.50), slated for release on September 21.
Colin Gibbs / GigaOM:
T-Mobile to Implement a Twitter Tax on Texts?  —  In a move that could impact text messaging offerings like tweets, bank alerts and sports scores, T-Mobile USA is planning to charge an additional toll to businesses that send texts over its network.  Beginning Oct. 1, the carrier reportedly …
 
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Stuart Dredge / Recombu:
Russian 4G Android smartphone appears to have front-and-back screens
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: MySpace and Google Zero in on Renewing “Realistic” Search Deal
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Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches Dashboard for Multiple Advertiser Accounts
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
NPR API Architect Headed to Netflix
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
LinkedIn's CEO on the perks to keeping profiles fresh
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Kford / Hunch Blog:
Hunch launches Partner Platform for personalization; 7 inaugural …
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
What's It Like to Develop Apps for Nokia Phones?
Discussion: eWeek and All About Symbian
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Singel-Minded: Craigslist Took One for the Open Internet
Discussion: Gawker, The Atlantic Online and Techdirt, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Status Of CrunchPad Litigation
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Kasting / Google Chrome Blog:
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